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[suh-pee-lee] /səˈpi li/
Also called aboudikro. the mahoganylike wood of any of several African trees of the genus Entandrophragma, used for making furniture.
a tree, especially Entandrophragma cylindricum, of the mahogany family, yielding this wood.
Also called sapele mahogany.
1900-05; after Sapele, a port on the Benin River in S Nigeria
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any of several W African meliaceous trees of the genus Entandrophragma, esp E. cylindricum, yielding a hard timber resembling mahogany
the timber obtained from such a tree, used to make furniture
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C20: West African name
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town and port, Delta state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the Benin River just below the confluence of the Ethiope and Jamieson rivers, 98 miles (158 km) from the Escravos Bar and entrance to the Bight of Benin. The town also lies on the road that branches to Warri, Ughelli, and Asaba and is connected by ferry to the road to Benin City.

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